Nov 1, 2011

TREND | Rage Comics

Original Artist Unknown, Rage Guy "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu", 2008

In the past couple years since around 2008, Rage Comics have become a fast spreading internet meme throughout the world of blogs and forums. Centered around the original "rage guy", these amateur-drawn like comics have developed a face for every emotion. With templates that allow any normal viewer to fill in their own story line that leads to the frustrating "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu" (also known as f7u12), anyone can be the artist. This trend first appeared on the the popular site 4chan.com's "/b/ - Random" image board in August 2008. It stayed almost exclusively on there until 2009 when it spread to other online forums and blogs.
The first of these comics that appeared on the 4chan.com site consisted of four panes created in MS Paint and described a "splash back" toilet experience. The comic tells of the experience ending with the fourth pane containing "rage guy" screaming "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu". This set the tone and spread the idea of these comics that told of everyday, minuscule events that we can all empathize with and that would leave the average person completely frustrated.

Original Artist Unknown, Toilet Splash back, 2008

Since its first appearance, Rage Guy comics have spread and developed new characters that express a wide range of emotions. The creation of these different faces has developed over time from different artists, some known, some unknown.  The spread of these comics began in January 2009 when Reddit put out the "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu (f7u12)" subreddit. This feature allowed users to create and submit their own take and experience ideas on rage comics. As a result, new faces and expressions developed that led to the full line of rage faces. A spike in its popularity came in November 2010 when the Hot Topic/Rage Guy incident happened. When clothing store Hot Topic began printing Rage Guy shirts, 4Chan users became enraged that the store was making a buck off the websites organic/everyone-owned creation. Users quickly created a Race Guy (racist) that was associated with Rage Guy and was very offensive. Hot Topic received a mass amount of complaint emails about the offensive associated shirts and quickly pulled the them off the line. Then realizing they had been "trolled" by the 4Chan community, Hot Topic began to sell the shirts again.  This only fueled the interest and popularity of these comics. Photo below displaying only just a few of the many.
Various Artists, Rage Faces, 2008-2011

The second to come after Rage Guy and equally as popular was "Trollface" a.k.a "Coolface". This face was created to imply the intention of "Trolling", originally on 4chan.com. Trollface was first posted on 4chan's /v/ image board by a DeviantArt user named Whynne on September 19, 2008. Trollface created separately has been incorporated in to the rage comics as one of the many different emotions.
Wynne, Trollface, 2008

This popular internet meme (rage comics) can be seen all over the blog and forum community. It's popularity can be largely attributed to the fact and anyone can be apart of it as an artist. Only requirements necessary are bad drawing abilities and cynical humor. Another attribute to its popularity is that most people can empathize with the experiences these comics lay out, because they're a combination of every ones input. Here to stay for moment at least, these funny comics will put a smile on any ones face, especially if they can relate to the topic at hand.


-Calvin Millar




2 comments:

  1. This was really informative, but when I saw the title I was hoping for you to build a case as to why this is relevant to contemporary art. Beyond that it was an incredibly interesting/funny entry.
    -Kassidy Pritchard

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  2. I've seen enough hentai to know where the top image is going. :|

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